Trendier than a hipster’s napsack, city brunch venues queue out the door and down the road. To get ahead of the queues, check out our top London brunch venues, starring big name heavyweights and quirky diners across the city. With the likes of all day breakfast burgers and croissant waffles on the menu, some things are worth getting up for.
1. Hawksmoor Book Hawksmoor
The Godfather of London steakhouses, Hawksmoor in Guildhall is a carnivorous bruncher’s dream. Described by GQ as ‘the best power breakfast in London’, Hawksmoor’s selection includes a jumbo size Full English, famous HK muffins, and even steaks, all served in an interior as dark and cool as a T-Bird’s jacket.
2. The Table Café
A naturally bright glass venue just off the South Bank, The Table Café is one of the best places for weekend brunch in London. Under the headline of ‘proper cooked breakfast’, eggs royale, florentine and benedict join full English offerings all made using local Borough Market produce. Throw in some buttermilk pancakes, waffles and a selection of enticing morning cocktails, and this place ticks all the brunch boxes.
Hidden in the bustling Exmouth Market, Caravan is a beautifully secret spot for London brunch. Alongside award-winning roasted coffee, there’s a blueberry friand (a small French cake to its friands), peanut syrup porridge, and exciting takes on the obligatory brunch fry-up, like French toast with bacon, rocket and avocado, and thyme-roasted Portobello mushrooms on sourdough.
4. Kopapa Book Kopapa
Described by Time Out as a ‘bungee jump of flavours and textures’, international restaurant Kopapa offers one of the most comprehensive weekend brunch menus in London. Once you’ve read your way through creative breakfasts like chorizo hash or spiced banana French toast, served with milkshakes, cocktails and smoothies, you might want to go back to the top and make sure you haven’t missed anything.
5. Breakfast Club
Tucked away on a side road opposite Liverpool Street Station, Breakfast Club Spitalfields is possibly the most enigmatic member of the popular group of London brunch venues. A coy exterior hides a quirky interior brandished with the words ‘sex, drugs and bacon rolls’ – one of which features on an eclectic menu, with the colourful influences of southern America and Mexico sitting alongside homely morning fry ups.
6. Apero Restaurant Book Apero
A chic Mediterranean restaurant in the vaulted cellars of the Ampersand Hotel, Apero offers a knockout brunch menu. The ‘unbeetable’ burger is served in a beetroot bun with stracciatella cheese, bacon and beetroot mayonnaise, while the Full English features both black and white pudding.
7. Cut at 45 Park Lane Book CUT
In the ultra-stylish 45 Park Lane Hotel from the Dorchester Collection, Cut is a modern American steakhouse. With a Michelin-starred twin and namesake across the pond, Cut’s brunch is a supreme 2-course affair, beginning with delicate starters like steak tartare and crab and lobster cocktail, before moving onto buttermilk pancakes with whipped maple butter and seasonal berries, or the famous wagyu beef burger and steak cuts.
8. Whyte & Brown Book Whyte & Brown
Whyte and Brown serves up a winning combination of free range chicken and craft beer. It also happens to be one of the best places to have brunch in London, with a select menu littered with juicy chicken breakfast sausages, streaky bacon, free range eggs, smoked salmon and crispy sourdough toast, whilst the blend of halloumi, avocado, mushrooms and eggs could tempt the most devoted of meat-eaters to the vegetarian side.
9. The Gilbert Scott Restaurant Book The Gilbert Scott
Timeless British dining from Marcus Wareing, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant is a grand setting for city brunch. In the magnificence of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, elegant morning cocktails can be followed by oh-so-British dishes like ‘The George’ (eggs, bacon, black pudding, beans, bubble and squeak, toast, sausage), ‘The Giles’ (eggs, bacon, toast) and a Dorset crab benedict.
10. Foxlow Book Foxlow
With sites in Clerkenwell and Stoke Newington, Foxlow is somewhat of an institution when it comes to wolfing down some quality comfort food in London. Fried chicken and egg on a croissant waffle is certainly a standout dish, but the all day breakfast burger, and avocado, chilli and lime on toast aren’t too shabby either.